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The Tourist Spot

A June 2000 trip to Santa Fe by camera-gal

Quote: Sante Fe is brimming with people--mostly tourists. However, if you love art, Sante Fe is overflowing with it.

The Tourist Spot

Best Of IgoUgo

Overview

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Museum of International Folk Art--Do not miss this! You'll be amazed by the collection. Georgia O'Keefe Museum--not exclusive to her work, nor her best work, but overall a great museum to visit. Palace of Governers--artifacts from the history and culture of Sante Fe. Native American Jewelry--the true Native Americans sell their jewelry in front of the Palace of Governers. Don't settle for something from a store. It's probably made in China. Shopping--Most of the places are located around the square. Art--Artists flock here to showcase their work...and make a little money too. Loretto Chapel---mysterious staircase crafted by an unknown man. Le...Read More

Motel 6

Hotel

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We had made reservations to stay here before we got into town, but were told they didn't have any reservations for us. We went to the other Motel 6 and found that they had no reservations for us. Both places were unaccomodating. The place looked pretty scummy--small, unsecure motel rooms and a dinky pool. Their discounts weren't much for AAA either. The next night I walked by one of the motels on my way to take pictures of the sunset. The cops were breaking up a disturbance. Avoid this place.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on September 3, 2000

Motel 6
646 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507
(505) 473-1380

Motel 6

Hotel | "Travellodge"

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There are two Travellodges in Sante Fe. This one was a very nice hotel. It had an outdoor swimming pool and inside jacuzzi. Free continental breakfast. The room was nice and very secure.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 3, 2000

Motel 6
646 CERRILLOS
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
505 982-3551

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A little pricy for the same exact room we got at the Travellodge. The location is good because it's within walking distance of the shopping mall and many restaurants. The mall also has a movie complex.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 3, 2000

Fairfield Inn by Marriott Santa Fe New Mexico
4150 CERRILLOS RD
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505
505-474-4442

Tomasita's Restaurant

Restaurant | "Tomasita's"

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Tomasita's is located next to the old train depot. The food is great authentic southwest. Good price. Be sure to order the guacamole and chips--delicious! And a margarita too. Stuffed sopaipillas for desert. Plenty of vegetarian dishes as well. Atmosphere is casual. My mother and I ate here around 5 PM, just before the dinner rush hour. We didn't have to wait for a table, but if you do arrive later, expect to wait awhile. It's worth it though.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 3, 2000

Tomasita's Restaurant
500 South Guadalupe
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
(505) 983-5721

Loretto Chapel

Attraction | "Lorretto Chapel"

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The Loretto Chapel is home to the "miraculous staircase". It was originally built by the Loretto nuns of the Catholic religion. For many years it was used as a chapel in worship, but because of disrepair, it was sold to a private owner. When the chapel was built, no plans were made to build a staircase to the choir loft. Years later, a man appeared one day to build the staircase. He did not tell the Loretto nuns his name. Each day he worked on the staircase using only a hammer, a saw and a T-square. Once the staircase was completed, he disappeared. No nails were used to build the staircase and the wood has been tested. It has been deemed as not coming from anywhere on earth. Tests were d...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 3, 2000

Loretto Chapel
207 Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
(505) 982-0092

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

Attraction | "Georgia O'Keefe Museum"

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The Georgia O'Keefe musuem contains the largest collection of O'Keefes in the world--more than 80 works. Very few are the popular oil paintings she is most known for. A large amount are wood cuts she made while studying her trade. Some of her most famous works can be seen here like Jimson Weed. Other artists are represented as well--her mentor and her husband. You can watch a short film of her describing why she created her artwork. Don't bother with the gift shop. They don't have a big selection. You can find what your looking for at the shops throughout downtown.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 3, 2000

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
217 Johnson Street
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
(505) 946-1000

Museum of International Folk Art

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction

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This is perhaps one of the best art museums Santa Fe has to offer. The Museum of International Folk Art has works from over 100 countries. It's divided into 3 sections. The first wing exhibits a collection of New Mexican, Mexican, Brazilian, European, African, and other countries folk art. The second section is the Neutrogena wing. It houses an eccentric collection of art arranged in an 'Alice in Wonderland' setting. The third and largest wing houses only 1/10 of Alexander and Susan Girard's sizable collection of dolls, figurines and doll houses. It is amazing to imagine how much they acquired in their lifetimes--true collectors. Plan to spend at least 2 ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 4, 2000

Museum of International Folk Art
Museum Hill
Santa Fe, New Mexico 875042087
+1 505 476 1200

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Don't take a chance and buy your jewelry from a store. Each day only fifty Native Americans are allowed to sell their items in front of the Palace of the Governers. The rest are refused and must come back another day. Many of the merchants will custom make jewelry pieces. The prices are good and the craftmanship is excellent.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 4, 2000

Native American Jewelry
outside the Palace of the Governers
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Shopping around the Square

Attraction | "Various shops around the square"

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Beware. Before you buy anything you believe to be handmade by a Native American, verify that it is. Shopkeepers habitually flaunt their merchandise as authentic, although it may not be. Prices can be high too so shop around. Each place carries about the same thing, but prices range. Avoid anything that says 'Trading Post' or 'Trading Co.' in the title. They are all the same.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on September 4, 2000

Shopping around the Square
Downtown
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Palace of the Governors

Attraction | "Palace of Governers"

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The Palace of the Governors was originally the capital of New Mexico. You can learn about the Sante Fe's Hispanic and American historical past. Ancient pottery and an altar display are exhibited. The bookstore has a remarkable selection of books on the area and culture. Native Americans in front will sell you their jewelry. The Palace is somewhat interesting, but if you're pressed for time, skip it and concentrate on the other sights.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 4, 2000

Palace of the Governors
105 West Palace Ave
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
+1 505 476 5100

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You'll notice that all buildings in Santa Fe, even the mall, are constructed in the adobe style. City code enforces the adobe style. The original buildings of Sante Fe were built with clay and grass to form the adobe. Newer buildings are made from stucco. This style mimics the pueblos of the earlier tribes of Native Americans, such as the Anasazi, who lived in the region.

Fetishes

Story/Tip

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We're not talking about perversion in any form, but about small animals shaped out of stone. It is believed that stones contain the souls of lost earthly predators. The carved animal, or fetish, is thought to contain the power of the creature it is carved into. The owners of the fetishes can obtain this power through the fetish. The best fetishes are not the highly carved ones, but the rough ones because the original animal shape is evident.

You can buy fetishes at nearly any store in Sante Fe. Choose wisely because you want one that will give you the power it holds.